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Bernie Sanders Eases Off, Then Tees Off On Clinton

Middle-class

Obama heads to London on mission to persuade UK voters to stay in EU

Barack Obama

In religious liberty vs. Obamacare contraceptives, Supreme Court justices appear deadlocked

The Supreme Court justices sounded evenly split Wednesday when asked to strike a balance between a Catholic nonprofit's right to religious liberty and its female workers' ability to obtain the free birth control promised under President Obama's healthcare law.<p>Faced with a possible 4-4 deadlock due …

Religion

What We’re Watching as 4 States Vote and Both Parties Court Michigan

<i>Join us for live updates of the March 8 primaries.</i><p><i>Voters go to the polls in four states on Tuesday,</i> <i>with Michigan the biggest prize for both parties. Donald J. Trump seeks to strengthen his position as the Republican front-runner, while his rivals look to slow his drive toward the nomination. For</i> …

Government

After Antonin Scalia’s Death, Fierce Battle Lines Emerge

In Democratic Debate, Hillary Clinton Paints Bernie Sanders’s Plans as Unrealistic

Stephen Hawking’s New Black Hole Theory Might Reveal The History Of The Universe

The black hole is famously so dense, not even light can escape it. But something can, or at least it can linger at the edges. This is the centerpiece of Stephen Hawking’s new theory about black holes.<p>For a long time, the general theory about black holes explained that they have no particular …

Physics

Dark matter and dinosaurs: meet Lisa Randall, America’s superstar scientist

Harvard professor’s radical theory of dark matter wiping out the dinosaurs and enigmatic research on extra dimensions has made her a true trailblazer<p>It’s a bright, chilly winter morning in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in Peet’s cafe, just around the corner from Harvard University, the coffee …

Chemistry: Four elements added to periodic table

<b>Four chemical elements have been formally added to the periodic table, completing the scheme's seventh row.</b><p>They are the first to be included in the table since 2011, when elements 114 and 116 were added.<p>The first true iteration of the table was produced in 1869 by the Russian chemist Dmitri …

Chemistry

On January 20, 2017 Bernie Sanders Will Be Sworn In as America's 45th President

On Friday, January 20, 2017, Bernie Sanders will be sworn in as our nation's 45th president. I explain why Sanders wins the Democratic nomination and presidency in my recent appearance on The Thom Hartmann Program. If you've disagreed with my thought process in the past, just watch the segment and …

General relativity caught in action around black hole

<b>GENEVA</b> — An effect of general relativity that is barely measurable on Earth has been spotted in full force around a black hole.<p>Physicists detected …

Can you make every day feel like Saturday?

<i>Disclaimer: This post took me</i> <i>2 years and 89 revisions</i><i>. It’s 18-minutes long but I wouldn’t publish it if I didn’t think every minute would be worth</i> …

How brain architecture relates to consciousness and abstract thought

Human brain connectome (credit: NIH Human Connectome Project)Ever wonder how your brain creates your thoughts, based on everything that’s happening …

Neuroscience

From Georgia O'Keeffe to War and Peace: unmissable arts events in 2016

Cultural highlights for the coming year include the first solo show by the ‘mother of American modernism’ and TV classics old and new<p><b>Exhibition</b><p>Georgia O’Keeffe’s first solo show in the UK for a generation arrives at the Tate Modern in London in the summer. The “mother of American modernism” is …

The far-out sci-fi costume parties of the Bauhaus school in the 1920s

<i>Bauhaus school costume party, 1920s</i> <br>As we get ready to tell yet another year to kiss our collective asses on its way out the door, that also means …

Under Appreciated Books of 2015

So amidst all the lists at the end of the year, we wanted to focus on some of the books we’ve read that we really think need a bit more love and …

Books

Why String Theory Is Not A Scientific Theory

There are a lot of different ways to define science, but perhaps one that everyone can agree on is that it’s a process by which:<p>knowledge about the natural world or a particular phenomenon is gathered,<br>• a testable hypothesis is put forth concerning a natural, physical explanation for that …

Physics

This photographer's series on unconventional beauty went viral

She did not expect her homework assignment to go viral.<p>The project's purpose was to photograph what women found beautiful about themselves, thereby moving away from destructive self-criticism.<p>"I was surrounded by such beautiful women with such gorgeous souls," Woolridge told INSIDER. "[But they] …

Viral

Photographing hypersexuality in the home

The narrative imposed on women’s bodies can feel relentlessly objectifying. We’re constantly confronted by the gender power asymmetry afforded by the male gaze: where women are faceless, personality-lacking creatures of body parts for consumption, and where women seem to have no control over their …

Feminism

Banished for menstruating: the Indian women isolated while they bleed

Women in parts of India are sent to basic hutsoutside their villages during their periods, as the stigma of menstruation proves hard to overcome<p>Poornima Javardhan, 25, felt dread and trepidation as she got ready to spend five days in a <i>gaokor</i> – a hut outside her village where girls and women are …

You Don't Have To Be A Monster To Hate Women

Even subtle misogyny is insidious.<p>On Nov. 28, adult film star and writer Stoya publicly accused her ex-boyfriend and fellow adult star James Deen of rape. In the days that followed, 11 other women made allegations against the male darling of the porn industry.<p>Much of what made these accusations …

Obama and Netanyahu lay down the gloves (for now)

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu seem like they are done fighting.<p>Like boxers who have wiped themselves out in a sapping title fight but failed to land a knockout punch, the leaders of the United States and Israel on Monday settled on what looked like an exhausted truce.<p>It was …

Israel

Women are either bisexual or gay but 'never straight'

A study has found that most women who say they are straight are in fact aroused by videos of both naked men and naked women<p>Most women are either bisexual or gay but "never straight", a study suggests.<p>"This shows us that how women appear in public does not mean that we know anything about their …

Sexuality

What Is It About Christians and Bathrooms?

The citizens of Houston are voting on an equal rights ordinance that, among other things, gives protections to transgender people. Opponents are worried about bathrooms. They've printed up signs that say, "NO Men in Women's Bathrooms." They're worried that predatory men will use the ordinance as a …

EmDrive the future of space travel? New Nasa Eagleworks tests hint at breakthrough in interstellar flight

The EmDrive is the invention of British scientist Roger Shawyer.<p>Researchers at Nasa's Eagleworks Laboratories say that they are still discovering …

The Equality Argument For Gun Control

Opponents of gun control most often discuss the issue in terms of "liberty" -- the individual right to own and carry a firearm. The failure of nearly every federal effort over the last 20 years to restrict gun access has shown this to be an effective strategy, and one that has trumped -- if not …

When men were edited out of these images, it revealed a powerful truth about equality.

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Your Body Can Make Its Own Condom

The microbiome doesn’t stop at your gut. New research shows certain strains of bacteria can trap sexually transmitted diseases, like HIV.<p>Every year, …

Microbiology

How to Be More Attentive in Life

A friend of mine has made the argument to me that you learn as much from fiction as you do from non-fiction.<p><i>The Art of Hearing Heartbeats</i> supports …